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GMAT club Grammar Book - Doubt [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2011, 20:02
In page 29 of Grammar book its given that ' a great of deal of' can be used for Non- Count Nouns but not for Count Nouns.
In the exercises
Joan drank a great deal of sodas.(count Noun)
Randy drank a great deal of coffee(Non - Count Noun)
Both are given true in the answers.

One more question:
Joan drank hardly any sodas.
This is false according to answer list.

Please can some one clarify above 2 sentences
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Re: GMAT club Grammar Book - Doubt [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2011, 21:40
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In page 29 of Grammar book its given that ' a great of deal of' can be used for Non- Count Nouns but not for Count Nouns.
In the exercises
Joan drank a great deal of sodas.(count Noun)
Randy drank a great deal of coffee(Non - Count Noun)
Both are given true in the answers.


As far as my information is concerned, "a great deal of" is used for uncountable nouns. Can somebody else throw some light on this.

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One more question:
Joan drank hardly any sodas.
This is false according to answer list.

Please can some one clarify above 2 sentences


use of "any":
1. is to express quantity or degree in negative or interrogative sentences - the sentence you have mentioned fulfills this
2. takes singular subject - the sentence should have been "Joan drank hardly any soda"

I hope I am able to clear your doubt.
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Re: GMAT club Grammar Book - Doubt [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2011, 08:24
Thanks GMATmission

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Re: GMAT club Grammar Book - Doubt [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2011, 22:17
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In page 29 of Grammar book its given that ' a great of deal of' can be used for Non- Count Nouns but not for Count Nouns.
In the exercises
Joan drank a great deal of sodas.(count Noun)
Randy drank a great deal of coffee(Non - Count Noun)
Both are given true in the answers.


a great deal of is non count. Hence the first option cannot use a great deal of.

Correct me if I am wrong.

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Re: GMAT club Grammar Book - Doubt [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2011, 16:38
I would say that 'a great deal of' is for non-count. But that is an interesting point, never heard of this one.
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Re: GMAT club Grammar Book - Doubt [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2013, 18:52
Hello,

In page 20 the following rule has been mentioned:

"A complement (object) CANNOT begin with a preposition (See more under Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases later in the book)."

But in page 22, under examples, "to the boys" is marked as Complement. Are these contradictory? As per my understanding "to" is preposition in this context. Correct me if I'm wrong

The girls / are talking / to the boys.
S V C

Appreciate your responses! Thanks
Re: GMAT club Grammar Book - Doubt   [#permalink] 03 Apr 2013, 18:52
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